Exclusive: '24' evildoer Gregory Itzin joins 'Big Love'

24-gregory-itzinImage Credit: Kelsey McNeal/FoxWith casting coups like this, Big Love is well on its way to making up for a lackluster season 4: Legendary (and twice Emmy-nominated) 24 villain Gregory Itzin has signed up for a major recurring gig on season 5 of HBO’s Big Love, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Itzin will play Senator Richard Dwyer, the Republican Majority Leader of the Utah State Senate — of which Bill (Bill Paxton) is now a member.

Production on Big Love‘s fifth season is scheduled to get underway this week.

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  • ythu

    He would be great on True Blood the best show on TV ever!

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  • Scott

    Let’s stop bagging on Season 4 of Big Love! I’ll agree it wasn’t perfect (Bill’s “volleyball fight” with Ana’s guy). But my understanding is that the episode order was changed from 10 to 9 after the stories had been mapped out. So they had squish the storyline into one entire less episode. I thought the 4th season was ambitious, bold, and overall enjoyable.

    • seriously

      agreed scott

    • AK

      I also agree. Season 4 was not lackluster. I think there were a few questionable episodes (the road trip to Mexico, for instance), but overall, the storylines were extremely strong.

  • stacy

    Let’s hope Big Love gets a shot in the arm. The first three seasons were gold but the 4th just got too outrageous. Isn’t polygamy an intriguing enough subject without all the contrived side-stories about fugitives in Mexico, illegitimate babies, fake marriages for green cards, not to mention the whole run for the Senate storyline? Too much confusion for 9 short episodes….

    • agreed 100%

    • Karate Pants

      Shot in the arm, interesting choice of words. I haven’t been able to shake the ridiculous image of Selma Greene’s arm getting lopped off out of my head. It was moments like that one, SO over the top, that made everyone despise season 4 so much. That, and season 3 was so great it was hard to measure up to.

      • Karate Pants

        Oops, HOLLIS Greene’s arm.

  • couchgrouch

    can’t be any worse than TB season 2 which was just Skinemax with gore.

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  • Andrew

    I don’t really see how casting a good actor in a recurring role in any way indicates that the show is on its way to recovery. Last season had Sissy Spacek. That didn’t stop it from sucking.

    That whole senate storyline was so ludicrous and so central to the plot that I’m very skeptical that the show can recover from it. It was such a major plot point that they pretty much have to follow up on it, even though they should be looking for ways to escape out from under it.

    • LaReina

      I agree. I love Big Love, but I didn’t like the direction this whole Senate bid took the characters. I thought it was enough with the casino. They shoulda just stopped there. There are plenty of storylines which could come from that story arc, like Barb cheating on Bill with Tommy. And I hope Ana’s baby comes out looking like her new man instead of Bill. I feel like her character should get dropped, too. She was starting to get boring.

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  • dmac2498

    Season 4 wasn’t that bad. It was far better than the last two seasons of ‘Sopranos’. Like Scott said they had to readjust after the episode count was slashed from 13 to 9. Hopefully the will give Big Love a full season of episodes to tell a complete story, or if it’s a 10 episode season they creators have time to map out a tight cohesive story.

    Also @ Karate Pants get it right Hollis got his arm cut off not Selma!

    • Karate Pants

      Yes! I’m sorry, I got all caught up trying to rememeber if it’s “Green” or “Greene”, I put the completely wrong character there.

  • Chris

    Lackluster season 4? I can’t agree with that at all. Season 4 was amazing. I was on the edge of my seat for almost every episode. i thought they really packed a good punch, and even though i wasn’t i fan of Bill running for senate, i loved how it turned the entire family upsidedown and really brought out a lot of things that had been bubbling under from earlier season. Season 4 was my favorite season, so if Season 5 is anything like it, then i will be more then pleased.

  • laura

    oh Season 4 wasn’t that bad…. it was amusing! But I’m still really looking forward to season 5.

  • Brittany

    I knew season 4 wasn’t going to be as good when i didn’t see them skating in the opening credits.

  • C C

    People will “get” Season 4 later on…

    Itzin on Big Love? Perfecto!

  • Fanny

    Hey hey hey… Season 4 gave us a great storyline for Alby. So I can’t hate it completely.

  • mary

    ASIA/PAKISTAN – Christian women: networking to promote rights and fight violence
    fides.org: 9:00 20-07-2010 (1 hour ago)
    ASIA/PAKISTAN – Christian women: networking to promote rights and fight violence
    Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “In the social context of Pakistan, where women suffer widespread abuse and discrimination, Christian women are the most vulnerable and defenceless the most exposed to vexation and violence ”: Fides learned from Rosemary Noel, national coordinator of the Pakistan Catholic Women Organization (PCWO) who was commenting the episode of violence against Magdalene Ashraf, a Cathoic student nurse Karachi, in the news recently (see Fides 17/7/2010).
    “The PCWO has taken the case to heart. We are in contact with the victim’s family and have organised and led demonstrations which continue in front of the hospital in Karachi where the violence took place ”, Noel told Fides . “We are present with other civil society organisations to share this battle of civilisation and to prevent impunity. We want to see those responsible legally prosecuted. The government appears to have taken the case in hand, but the civil society and the Catholic Church in Pakistan must continue to be vigilant”, she says.
    “Violence against women is a serious issue in Pakistan: Christian women especially are subject to abuse. Many domestic workers and nurses are subject to physical and psychological and even sexual violence. Many are young women with little education, and the employers take advantage of the situation. Women have no rights, no protection, they are subject to discrimination, denied equal opportunities. The few cases which reach the media, such as the recent episode in Karachi, are only a minute part of the phenomenon ”, she explained. In recent months the Christian community in Pakistan mobilised to protest against two other clamorous cases, the cases of Shazia Bashir (see Fides 25/1/2010) and Sumera Pervaiz (see Fides 29/4/2010).
    “This is why the PCWO operates with awareness building programmes all over the country to inform women of women’s rights and to give them basic education them, which is the determinant point ”, Noel told Fides. Moreover “we are networking with other organisations, Christian and non, committed to promoting respect for women and improving women’s social conditions in Pakistan ”, she concludes.
    According to the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, “violence, sexual abuse and crimes against women members of religious minorities happen systematically and are due to deeply rooted race, class and religion prejudice”. Discriminatory laws, signalled by the National Commission on the Condition of Women, are still in force.
    In 2009 in Pakistan violence against women increased by 13% on a national basis: in 2008 the number of registered incidents was 7,571, in 2009 the number rose to 8,548, according to the Aurat Foundation, actively involved in promoting women’s rights in Pakistan for twenty years. The Bishop’s Justice and Peace Commission has asked the government to revoke all discriminatory laws against women and to appoint a National Commissioner for the protection of women’s rights. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 19/7/2010

    • ythu

      . . . and this was all on the last episode of True Blood!

  • Jesse

    Enough talking about Season 4 — focus on the big picture here, people — Gregory Itzin! Gregory freakin’ Itzin! I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with another political powerhouse character out for blood!

  • Terry

    escellent.

  • Terry

    excellent, I meant

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